The world’s largest 3D printer is right here in SA, and it is already at work turning powder into large metal components for the aerospace sector.

The printer — or more accurately, a metal additive manufacturing system — is housed at the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria. It is part of Aeroswift, a project funded by the science & innovation department to industrialise and commercialise the printer’s technology. It cost R100m to build...

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